5.) Get Painting
Applying paint and applying stain are quite a bit different.
If you’ve decided to paint your cabinets, then grab your brush and can of paint. Rollers can also be useful for the face if you don’t desire any texturing at all. 1”-2” sponge rollers are the way to go for the face.
Apply the paint evenly and slowly. Keep a rag on hand in case you mess up so that you can quickly take care of any running that might occur. Keep going until you have the entire face done, then go find your doors.
One thing to keep in mind when painting: the inside of the doors on the cabinets. It’s up to you if you want to go two-tone here, but it will provide a more “complete” look if you do decide to do them. For the most part, painting the inside of the face is unnecessary.
Do the same with the flat areas on your doors, then carefully use a small brush to paint grooves, molding, and curved surfaces.
After that, you’ll just have to wait it out and see if you want to apply another coat. The main reason you’d go for another coat is if you used a thin paint and the wood is showing.
Staining is quite a bit simpler for the most part, but its more messy and the surface will need to be extra well prepped. Go with paint if you severely damaged the grain of the wood while prepping the surface.
Now, the complex part is here. Read the following carefully:
- Stick the rag in the stain.
- Wipe the portion of the rag with stain on it over the wood.
- Try not to get any on you or anything you care about.
Stains come in a wide variety of colors, but the main factor here is how dark it ends up being. Some are only applied once, while others will need to be applied multiple times over the course of a day.
The face and the doors will be done in the same way, rags have a nice way of being able to get into everywhere they need to.
Adding extra coats of stain will add some visual “depth” to the piece you’re working on.
One final note: don’t forget to paint or stain the backs of the doors as well.